From celebrity support to mascots, selfies and Guinness World Record attempts, We Support Fostering, do you?

Our annual fostering and adoption campaign (22-28 January 2018) will highlight the important roles foster carers and social workers play in young people’s lives with the support they offer.

Celebrity Support
Singer Paloma Faith , Cold Feet actress Fay Ripley, former TOWIE TV stars Lydia Bright and Debbie Douglas, Love Island’s Marcel Somerville, Gogglebox vicar Kate Bottley, Newsreader Sonali Shah and gold medallist sprinter Jamie Baulch are only a few of our celebrity friends who will help kick-start the campaign by sharing photos of people who have supported them.

Here are some highlights from the press

Your Support
You could get involved too! Simply share a photo on social media of you with someone who has supported you, using the hashtag #WeSupportFostering and tagging @barnardos.

Bear Support
Following a recent survey in August 2017, we found that 77% adults thought that ‘showing affection (e.g. giving hugs)’ to teenagers is an important way for parents/guardians to show love and care.

With that in mind, we called upon our Barnardo's mascots; Barney and Betty to help us attempt our first Guinness World Record of most hugs given by a mascot in one minute on #NationalHugDay.

We're pleased to announce that our Glasgow team have broken the record (pending judges adjudication).

Watch them in action; Guinness World Record attempt

Support for a Carer
Foster carers are ordinary people who have chosen to do something extraordinary. Their love and devotion is what young people need during times of hardship.

Watch Jane and Vicky talk about the support they receive from Barnardo’s and how it helps them be the carers that they are.

Support for a Child
All the support we’ve been receiving goes towards one purpose; to help children and young people turn their lives around by finding them loving homes. Watch Abi’s video blog about her first few months at her new foster home and the difference it made to her life.

Together, we can spread the word of fostering and help more vulnerable children across the UK. We believe you can foster, and so should you.